Miss Ambika Flavel
Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, School of
- Contact details
- School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology
The University of Western Australia (M309)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 6488 1196
- +61 8 6488 7285
- BSc MSc W.Aust.
- Ambika is an osteoarchaeologist who completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Archaeology at UWA and a Masters in Forensic Archaeology at Bournemouth University (UK). Prior to her appointment at UWA, Ambika’s career was a diverse combination of consultancy and training on international forensic and humanitarian platforms. Since graduating Ambika has worked as an archaeologist, anthropologist and forensic consultant, primarily in locating and excavating clandestine graves and analysing human remains for identification and repatriation. She has undertaken this work in Australia, Latin America, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Europe.
- Franklin, D., Flavel, A., Noble, J., Swift, L., & Karkhanis, S. (2015). Forensic age estimation in living individuals: methodological considerations in the context of medico-legal practice. Research and Reports in Forensic Medical Science, 53. doi: 10.2147/rrfms.s75140
Kuliukas, A., Kuliukas, L., Franklin, D., & Flavel, A. (2015). Female pelvic shape: Distinct types or nebulous cloud? British Journal of Midwifery, 23(7), 490-496. doi: 10.12968/bjom.2015.23.7.490
Franklin, D., & Flavel, A. (2014). CT evaluation of timing for ossification of the medial clavicular epiphysis in a contemporary Western Australian population. Int J Legal Med. doi: 10.1007/s00414-014-1116-8
Franklin, D., & Flavel, A. (2014). Brief communication: timing of spheno-occipital closure in modern Western Australians. Am J Phys Anthropol, 153(1), 132-138. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22399
Franklin, D., Cardini, A., Flavel, A., & Marks, M. K. (2014). Morphometric analysis of pelvic sexual dimorphism in a contemporary Western Australian population. Int J Legal Med, 128(5), 861-872. doi: 10.1007/s00414-014-0999-8
DeSilva, R., Flavel, A., & Franklin, D. (2014). Estimation of sex from the metric assessment of digital hand radiographs in a Western Australian population. Forensic Science International. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2014.08.019
Congram, D., Flavel, A., & Maeyama, K. (2014). Ignorance Is Not Bliss: Evidence of Human Rights Violations from Civil War Spain. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 38(1), 43-64. doi: 10.1111/napa.12041
Hemy, N, Flavel, A, Ishak, NI & Franklin, D 2013, 'Estimation of Stature Using Anthropometry of Feet and Footprints in a Western Australian Population', Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 435-41.
Hemy, N, Flavel, A, Ishak, NI & Franklin, D 2013, 'Sex Estimation Using Anthropometry of Feet and Footprints in a Western Australian Population', Forensic Science International, vol. 231, no. 1-3, pp. 402 e1-6.
Franklin, D, Cardini, A, Flavel, A, Kuliukas, A, Marks, MK, Hart, R, Oxnard, C & O'Higgins, P 2013, 'Concordance of Traditional Osteometric and Volume-Rendered MSCT Interlandmark Cranial Measurements', International Journal of Legal Medicine, vol. 127, no. 2, pp. 505-20.
Franklin, D, Cardini, A, Flavel, A & Kuliukas, A 2013, 'Estimation of Sex from Cranial Measurements in a Western Australian Population', Forensic Science International, vol. 229, no. 1-3, pp. 158 e1-8.
Franklin, D, Flavel, A, Kuliukas, A, Cardini, A, Marks, MK, Oxnard, C & O'Higgins, P 2012, 'Estimation of Sex from Sternal Measurements in a Western Australian Population', Forensic Science International, vol. 217, no. 1-3, pp. 230 e1-5.
Franklin, D, Cardini, A, Flavel, A & Kuliukas, A 2012, 'The Application of Traditional and Geometric Morphometric Analyses for Forensic Quantification of Sexual Dimorphism: Preliminary Investigations in a Western Australian Population', International Journal of Legal Medicine, vol. 126, no. 4, pp. 549-58.
Congram, D., A. Flavel, K. Maeyama. In Press “Ignorance is Not Bliss: Evidence of Human Rights Violations from Civil War Spain”. In Eadaoin O'Brien (ed) Human Rights and Forensic Science.
Cox, M., A. Flavel, I. Hanson, J. Laver, R. Wessling (eds). 2008. The Scientific Investigation of Mass Graves: towards protocols and standard operating procedures. Cambridge University Press.
Lewis, M. and A. Flavel. 2006. “Age Assessment of Child Skeletal Remains in Forensic Contexts”. In A. Schmitt, E. Cunha, J. Pinheiro (eds). Forensic Anthropology and Medicine: Complementary Sciences from Recovery to Cause of Death. Pp 243-258. Humana Press.
Flavel, A and C. Barker. 2008. “Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology in Guatemala”. In Blau, S and D. Ubelaker. World Archaeological Congress Handbook: The Handbook of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. Left Coast Press.
Solheim, W. G. with contributions from D. Bulbeck, D. and A. Flavel. 2006. Archaeology and Culture in Southeast Asia: Unraveling the Nusantao. Philippine University Press.
AAFS Conference American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Washington. February 2013. Franklin, D., Flavel, A., Kuliukas, A., Cardini, A., and Marks, M.K. “Pelvic Sexual Dimorphism in a Western Australian Population: Integration of Geometric and Traditional Morphometric Approaches.”
AAFS Conference American Academy of Forensic Sciences Proceedings Vol 18. Atlanta, Georgia. February, 20, 2012a. Franklin, D., Flavel, A., “The Development of Forensic Anthropological Standards in Western Australia.”
AAFS Conference American Academy of Forensic Sciences Proceedings Vol 18.Atlanta, Georgia. February 20, 2012b. Franklin, D., Flavel, A., Kuliukas, A., Oxnard, C.E., and Marks, M.K. “Cranial sexual dimorphism and anthropological standards: preliminary investigations in a Western Australian population.”
AAFS Conference American Academy of Forensic Sciences Proceedings Vol 15 Denver, 2009. Roland Wessling & Ambika Flavel, “Training in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology on a Shoestring”.
AAFS Conference American Academy of Forensic Sciences San Antonio, 2007. Derek R. Congram & Ambika Flavel, “Grave Problems in Iraq”.
ALAF Conference Latin American Forensic Anthropology Association Bogota, Colombia 2005. “La capacitación en áreas de Post conflicto: el enfoque de Inforce en Irak (Capacity Building in Post Conflict Areas: the Inforce Approach to Iraq)”.
Inforce Conference International Forensic Centre of Excellence for the Investigation of Genocide. Bournemouth, England 2005. “Use of Antemortem data in Mass Grave Investigations”.
AAFS Conference American Academy of Forensic Sciences Proceedings Vol 9 Chicago 2003. Gunshot wounds and other perimortem trauma to the sub-adult skeleton.
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Ambika Flavel currently holds the position of Research Associate in the Centre for Forensic Science; her main role is facilitating research directed towards the development of population specific forensic standards for Western Australian individuals; the methodology currently employed is largely based on the analysis of multislice computed tomography (MSCT) scans that are acquired from various WA hospitals. Concurrently, Ambika has been directly involved in research into geophysical methods (Ground Penetrating Radar and Magnetometry) of locating buried objects and human remains.
- In 2013 Ambika Flavel became an associate member within the Physical Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
- Research profile
Research profile and publications